State Board Gears up for Vote on High School Growth Measure

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist At our April and May public meetings, SBOE members welcomed school leaders and experts from non-profits, local and national education policy organizations, and universities for a discussion on different ways to measure student and high school growth in public schools. Academic growth, the progress a student makes over aContinue reading “State Board Gears up for Vote on High School Growth Measure”

Building Community and Positive Relationships: How Some D.C. Public Charter Schools are Changing their Climate

By: Brian Robinson, Policy Fellow Last week the D.C. Public Charter School Board (PCSB) hosted about two-dozen school leaders from across the city to talk about ways they have built a positive school climate. The National School Climate Center defines school climate as “the quality and character of school life.” When schools have a positiveContinue reading “Building Community and Positive Relationships: How Some D.C. Public Charter Schools are Changing their Climate”

On the Agenda: #DCSafeRoutes Expert Panel

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist As the new school year progresses, education stakeholders across the District continue to devise ways to improve safety for students traveling to and from school. At last month’s public meeting, we heard from experts, education advocates, school counselors, and parents on some of the biggest challenges District students faceContinue reading “On the Agenda: #DCSafeRoutes Expert Panel”

In Class, Not Cuffs: A Discussion about Rethinking School Discipline

By: Kit Faiella, Policy Fellow The Center for American Progress hosted an intriguing panel on January 17th discussing the role of over-punishment in our schools and how it can lead to negative outcomes over time. This is known as the “school-to-prison pipeline,” and is a disturbing, ongoing trend affecting many Districts, LEAs, and schools acrossContinue reading “In Class, Not Cuffs: A Discussion about Rethinking School Discipline”